1. Chiefs could be movers with 10 picks in upcoming draft
By Associated Press - Dave Skretta - USA Today
"So when you do the math, and consider the Chiefs have 10 selections thanks to an abundance of compensatory picks, there's a good chance Dorsey will pick up his phone Thursday night and try to make a deal — especially if it means ensuring he gets one of those prized players.
"You try to keep all your options open," Dorsey said. "The hard part is when you move up, are you making the right move up? Or if you move back? Those are the things you sit and think about on a daily basis. When is the time to strategically take the player, move back or move up?"
A lot of that depends on what other teams consider to be impact players." READ MORE…
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2. Why it might be wise to give Dontari Poe a break
By Nick Toney - Fox Sports
"For a player his size, the Kansas City Chiefs sure do play Dontari Poe a lot.
Finding a three-down nose tackle with his pass-rushing ability is so incredibly rare, so it's no wonder defensive coordinator Bob Sutton wants Poe on the field. But in doing so, K.C. could be relying on Poe's monster athleticism a little too much.
Consider that Poe has been a staple of that defense from the moment he entered the league from Memphis. In his rookie season, he played approximately three of every four defensive snaps. By comparison, standout Rams rookie Aaron Donald played in over 67% last season -- and Donald isn't tasked with swallowing up multiple blockers like Poe is." READ MORE…
3. Why I picked Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson for Chiefs
By Adam Teicher - ESPN
"The only position fitting that description is cornerback. Sean Smith had a strong season for the Chiefs at corner in 2014, but he's their only established player there. He is heading into the final season of his contract.
The Chiefs could use a corner for the long term. One to play next season would also be helpful. In addition to Smith, who faces a possible NFL suspension for his recent guilty plea to a DUI charge, the Chiefs have promising younger corners in Jamell Fleming and Phillip Gaines, but really no one else they can count on. They started six different players at corner last season and they're nowhere near that number now.
So cornerback in a lot of ways makes the most sense for the Chiefs. That's why I picked Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson in ESPN's NFL Nation mock draft." READ MORE…
4. Alex Smith still cherishes being the first pick in the draft
By Adam Teicher - ESPN
"Ten years haven't done much to dim the memory for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. In 2005, the University of Utah star was drafted No. 1 overall in the NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers and he still recalls the event vividly.
"Obviously, there's a lot of stuff leading up to it," Smith said recently. "There's a lot of hype, a lot of hoopla all the stuff that kind of comes with it. I was back there in New York, very surreal to be a part of that. It's different. It's foreign territory. You're used to being on a field or in a locker room and all of a sudden you're in a big hall in a suit and tie, and you're on stage. It's a different atmosphere. Very surreal though. Obviously it's something as a football fan you've watched since you were a kid and to take part in it, it was pretty cool."
It might be a surprise for one of two quarterbacks, Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota, to hear his name called on Thursday night when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin this year's draft by making their pick." READ MORE…
5. Clark Hunt on the Future of Football: NFL Will Continue Global Expansion
By Clark Hunt - Wall Street Journal
"As international interest in the National Football League continues to grow, the footprint of the league will grow with it. A strong foundation has been set. For example, last season, fans in 200 countries and territories watched some form of NFL content. In addition, the NFL International Series played host to three sold-out, regular-season games at London's Wembley Stadium.
Within a decade, I expect that we will see a significant increase in the number of games played in London and other international markets. And 25 years from now, we could see marquee events—like the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl—played outside the U.S.
My father would love that." READ MORE…
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